How Could I Do That?

Henry, a man in his 40s, sat in my office and hung his head. “How could I have a relationship with another woman?” He continued to look at the floor. “How could I be unfaithful to the only woman who has ever loved me?”

I waited a couple of minutes. “Perhaps you fell for the serpent’s cunning lies. He appealed to your pride that your wife doesn’t understand you and doesn’t appreciate you.”

At that statement, he looked up at me and said, “That’s exactly what I thought.”

“And did you fall for the lie that you work hard and deserve another woman?”

His eyes widened, and he said, “How did you know that?” He stared at me as if I were a mind reader.

After clearing my throat, I said, “Jesus called Satan ‘a liar and the father of lies’ for a reason (John 8:44). The devil hasn’t changed his tactics.” I paused to let him think about that truth. “As he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, so he deceives us. He appeals to our pride and a sense of entitlement.”

Henry nodded and said, “I believed the lies, hurt my wife, and sinned against God and her.” He hit himself on the head, and said, “That didn’t help my marriage or my children either.”

2 Corinthians 11:3: “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

Dear God, please help me not to be deceived by the serpent’s lies. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to have a sincere and pure devotion to Christ?

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